You Can’t Figure Out How Before Deciding To Do Something

There’s something you’ve always wanted to do in life, but you still haven’t gotten it done. You have a change you want to make in your life, but you haven’t made it. You’ve always wanted to (fill in the blank), but you haven’t yet.


Why? I suspect you haven’t accomplished it because you’re still trying to figure out how to do it. Once you figure out how, you’ll know all the steps, you’ll know how to get it done, you’ll know that you will accomplish it.

Figuring out how to accomplish it removes all of the risk! Once you know exactly how you’re going to do it, there are no more risks because you know all of the steps, all the challenges, all of the roadblocks. Right?

But it doesn’t work that way. There’s no way to figure it all out before you start. The fact is, you won’t know how to do it before you start it. You won’t figure out all of the steps until you’re taking the challenges. You won’t know all of the challenges until you’re in the midst of them. You won’t know all of the roadblocks until you’re met with them.

Only when you’re in the midst of the adventure will you figure out how.

Think about when you got married. Did you figure out how to be married before deciding to be married? No. You decided to be married and then you figured out how to be married. You may still be figuring out how to be married.

When you decided to have children, did you figure out how to raise children before you decided to have them? Nope. You decided first and figured it out later.

Instead of trying to figure out how first, start by deciding that you’re going to do something. Then just get started. Remember that learning and working through all of the steps, challenges, and roadblocks are part of the adventure. They are what make your task worth doing.

Start first. Figure out how later.

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